Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.
Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honour, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe.
This should be required viewing for every one in the USA.
This is a heart wrenching movie, but one that tells a story that seems few are aware of. Those too common apologists for communism need to see this movie to get a dose of reality concerning the nature of that system under Stalin and what it did to the people of the Ukraine. This movie has excellent acting that removes all impediments to being fully absorbed in the cinematic allusion. There are endless movies about Hitler's Germany, but this single movie stands out as a message that the Ukrainians' experience rivals the worst of what various groups suffered under the Nazis. The history from which this story is extracted has been swept under the rug, as the telling of history is controlled by the victors. Imagine how the atrocities of Hitler's regime would have been painted away if Germany had won WW2. I take this movie as an attempt to rectify this and bring awareness to the current plight of the Ukrainian people as they continue to struggle against Russian dominion. I think my own awareness was greatly expanded because of the well executed visual imagery Bitter Harvest provided.Some seem to dislike the romantic fiction aspect of the picture. I see it as a mechanism to provide some shoes for the common man/woman to walk in so as to be able to feel how it might have been if this had been our own story.
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